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Journeys : Aug Sep 2010
Patron His Excellency, The Honourable P G Underwood AC, Governor of Tasmania President Roger Locke Vice Presidents Stuart Slade, Peter Joyce Board Josephine Archer, Ted Best AM, David Catchpole, Br uce Clark, Peter Dixon, Robin Holmes, Chris Langdon, Tony Stacey AM, Kathryn Westwood Group Chief Executive Greg Goodman Head Office Cnr Murray & Patrick Streets, Hobart Telephone (03) 6232 6300 Facsimile (03) 6234 8784 Branches Hobart - 1/110 Collins Street (03) 6222 9222 Launceston, Cnr York & George Sts (03) 6335 5633 Devonport, 119 Rooke St Mall (03) 6421 1933 Ulverstone, 38 Reibey Street (03) 6490 8350 Burnie, 24 North Terrace (03) 6434 2933 Rosny Park, Rosny Mall, 2 Bayfield St (03) 6212 6710 Glenorchy, Cnr Main Rd & Terry St (03) 6212 9588 Kingston, Shop 49A Channel Court (03) 6242 3208 Editor Chris Viney GPO Box 1292, Hobart 7001 Email: motor firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: (03) 6236 4310 Fax: (03) 6231 9294 Advertising Artemis Publishing Consultants Anne Shield and Yvonne Buckley Ph: (03) 6231 6122 Fax: (03) 6231 6322 Email: email@example.com Published bi-monthly by The Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania Limited ABN 62 009 475 861 Every effort is made to ensure the authenticity of advertisements including product testing where practicable. However, publication of an advertisement does not imply that the product or service carries the recommendations of RACT. No part of Motor News Journeys may be reproduced without permission. Copyright 2009 RACT Design & production: Digital Ink Pre-press: PMP Digital Printing: PMP Pty Ltd Mailhouse: Datasend Australia Pty Ltd Distribution: Australia Post Member of the Circulations Audit Board ISSN 0818-5549 Customer Ser vice 13 27 22 RACT ROADSIDE 13 11 11 RACT Travelworld 1300 368 111 About your club Chiefly When the Governor of Tasmania opens our new R ACT headquarters in Hobart on 10 November it will be the fulfillment of a five year project. It's an exciting time for the R ACT. Our busy Hobart branch will occupy the ground floor on the cor ner of Patrick and Mur ray Streets. It will be a home-coming of sorts for the branch, which had temporarily moved next door -- dow n Patrick Street -- while the new headquarters was built. The branch will be operating from its ultra-modern offices from 18 October -- you're most welcome to drop in and have a look. There will be free parking available in our car park next to the new building in Murray Street and also under cover in the basement of the building. I'm pleased to report that the new building has come in on-time and on-budget. RACT Insurance will occupy the first floor. The second floor and half of the third floor will be tenanted, providing the RACT with a new income stream, while the R ACT group corporate office will occupy the other half of the third floor. --------------- In 2003 we noted that alcohol interlocks were already in use in the fight against drink driving in states such as South Australia and Victoria and we decided to start campaigning in Tasmania for their introduction here. Seven (perhaps rather long) years later, I was pleased to see in this year's State Budget papers an allocation of $430,000 to fund an alcohol interlocks program. As part of our own policy development on this issue, in 2003 we conducted a poll of members through our magazine and found that 77% of respondents -- over 1300 people -- believed that alcohol interlocks should be introduced in Tasmania. Alcohol interlocks disable a car's engine if the driver has been drinking. The driver must blow into a handset before the vehicle will start. If there is alcohol present in the driver's breath, the car won't start. We believe they should be a voluntary form of penalty for offenders at low risk of re-offending, and compulsory for high risk and serious offenders. In the case of serious and repeat offenders, participation in the interlock program must be compulsory. The introduction of these devices will mean fewer drink drivers on the road and a safer road environment for us all. I was also pleased to see the Budget commit to more high-visibility livery for police vehicles and confir mation of funding for new Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras, as well as support for investigating point-to-point speed enforcement. Let's hope that other initiatives in this year's Budget don't take another seven years to come to fr uition. --------------- Five years ago I attended the launch of the Engineers Australia report card on Tasmanian infrastructure. It made pretty grim reading, and unfortunately not much has changed according to the 2010 report card. If anything, we're going backwards. In 2005, Engineers Australia gave Tasmania's national roads a B and state roads a C. Local roads were only a D+. In their 2010 Report Card, Engineers Australia rated our national roads at C+, state roads still at C, and local roads at D. If 2005's report card was a case of 'could do a lot better' the 2010 report card might conclude 'falling further behind', especially on local roads. As Engineers Australia notes: These ratings recognise that local roads are generally poor and failures are common, due to the employment of reactive maintenance practices. State roads have maintained their standard, with the additional expenditure on these roads resulting in some of the backlog of work being addressed. National roads have deteriorated due to increasing freight usage and road pavements exceeding their design life, while the significant investment in national roads has been catch-up expenditure. The Engineers Australia report card didn't just cover roads, but other important infrastr ucture including ports, water and energy supply, and communications systems. Worryingly, it found that Tasmania's infrastructure overall is 'generally stressed'. --------------- Finally, we believe it's time for a state review into taxation, as promised recently by the Tasmanian Treasurer. However, the R ACT will not accept any increase in the overall level of ta xation for motorists -- we already pay our fair share! Greg Goodman Group Chief Executive 4 August / September 2010
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